Pardee Center Hosts Webinar on Biography of Resistance

On July 21, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, an affiliate Center of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, hosted a webinar featuring Professor Muhammad H. Zaman where he discussed his newest book, Biography of Resistance: The Epic Battle Between People and Pathogens. The program was moderated by Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School.

During the event, Zaman discussed the the rise and spread of antibiotic-resistant diseases, the parallels between the 1918 Influenza pandemic and the current coronavirus pandemic, as well as lessons he hopes we can learn from history to tackle this and future global health crises. Zaman discussed the conditions and circumstances in which antibiotic-resistant diseases arise and cited that there are a number of troubling cases around the world that could result in future outbreaks. He concluded his remarks arguing that the issue of antimicrobial resistance is not an issue of science alone; it requires policy, new economics, behavior changes, and more efforts focused on social justice and global peace in order to maximize the public good. 

A recording of the event can be viewed below.

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is an interdisciplinary research center affiliated with the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Through programs of scholarship, outreach, and education, the Pardee Center works to improve public decision-making and policy to train future generations of interdisciplinary scholars. Read more about the center here.